Leaping forward since 1893
To celebrate the legacy of Chairman Mao and his triumph of free expression, as epitomized by his firm commitment to “let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend,” Second Stage will be… oh shit, that didn’t happen? Well, in that case,
Mao: The Musical illustrates the fictional story of Mei, a poor woman who lives alone and two men who each fight for her affections. Just as Mei begins to finally fall in love, her life is interrupted and forever changed by the arrival of Mao Zedong. Both a farce and a tragedy, the piece explores the nature of Mao’s cult following and the propaganda of the time period, concealing the horrific reality of the Great Leap Forward and the deaths of more than 18 million individuals.
The run-time is approximately 40 minutes.
Directed by Alan Rodi ’12 and Ashley Tam ’12.
Stage Managed by Ellie Rudolph ’15.
Starring Gwen Rosen ’15, Tong Satayopas ’15, Daniel Storfer ’15,
Benjamin Tweed ’13, and Grace Herman-Holland ’15.
Designed by Evan DelGaudio ’12, Nathan Perry ’12, Amy Golembeski ’12,
Willa Beckman ’15, Lu Corporan ’13, and Tamar Glatman Zaretsky ’12.
Tickets are available on the day of the performance at the Usdan
University Center Box Office (open 10am – 4:30pm). Starting one hour
before curtain, tickets will be available at the door. In the event of
a sold-out performance, a waiting list will be started one hour before
When: Friday February 24th at 8:00 PM and Saturday February 25th at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Where: The Great Hall of the People (that is, the ’92 Theater)
Cost: The Barrel of a Gun… wait, I mean free